Week 7 @ Washington Redskins
Passing: 297 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 5 yards, 0 TD, 0 Fumbles Lost
Total Points: 20 pts
Entering the bye with as many wins as your team had the year prior could be considered a small victory, but when that number of wins is two it’s still kind of hard to get too excited about it.
Still, the Bucs came out of the bye and into Week 7 against the Redskins looking to surpass their two-win 2014 season, and to put it bluntly, should have done just that.
Two Winston touchdown passes followed by a defensive score and a Connor Barth field goal gave the Bucs a comfortable 24-7 lead heading into halftime.
After the half however, the proverbial wheels fell off and Washington responded with three touchdowns and a field goal of their own. The difference was the two field goals by Tampa in the second half versus the touchdown and extra point the Redskins scored in the first.
For Winston, it was his best total body of work on the year, but again the team was plagued by its inability to put the ball in the end zone consistently.
A top-10 finish was his first of the year as the team was at a crossroads following one of the biggest collapses of the year. They needed leaders, and they needed them now.
Finished Right Below: Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings
Finished Right Above: EJ Manuel – Buffalo Bills
Next: Week 8